It was late at night last Saturday. I had just finished eating some delicious nachos. Now I needed something to quench my thirst on Netflix to wash down those tasty nachos. Scrolling through, I saw that the Turkish horror movie Baskin had been added to the list of movies. “Oh joy!” I said to myself. I had been wanting to see it, having heard and read pretty good things so far. I remember watching the trailer, but honestly didn’t remember much other than that it looked visually striking and kind of fucked up. Side note: I kind of love kind of fucked up horror movies. So I hit play and………………………………
My “Oh joy!” quote from earlier turned into “What the fuck did I just watch?“. I felt dirty. Not in a sexual way of course, but in a way where I felt like I had actual dirt all over me and needed to get it off as soon as possible. Can Evrenol, the director of Baskin, had just taken me on a visual journey that I feel like I wasn’t meant to see. It was dark. It was smelly. And I’m not just talking about the storyline of the movie. Yeah, the elephant in the room is that Baskin is borderline mind-blowing in the visual department. But the story…..the story was almost too confusing for it’s own good. I’m all for doing some actual thinking when I watch a horror movie, but I need to be able to make some kind of sense of it when I’m done.
Nevertheless, Baskin had me locked in from beginning to end. And I dare you to watch the clip below (I actually triple dog dare you) and not want to go on Netflix right away and watch this sucker:
That creepy motherfucker in the clip is actor Mehmet Cerrahoglu. As far as I can see, this is his first acting gig. And holy creep balls, it was a memorable one. Now again, I must warn you – Baskin is a pretty brutal movie to watch at times. Especially if you’re shy on perverse scenes that are perverse for the sake of being perverse. I just met my quota for using the word ‘perverse’. We’re not into A Serbian Film territory here, but there are some unsettling things that you might wish your mind could get rid of. Fun fact btw: There are actually some Baskin action figures for sale right HERE! It seems this post had a mind of it’s own and kind of went the ‘review’ route when I didn’t really mean for it to, so fuck it – I’m going to rate Baskin below. Go see it!
(3 1/2 Out Of 5)